Optimal operation and control of fluidized bed membrane reactors for steam methane reforming

Alejandro Marquez Ruiz (Corresponding author), J. Wu, Leyla Ozkan, Fausto Gallucci, Martin van Sint Annaland

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This work presents the optimal operation and control of a Fluidized Bed Membrane Reactor (FBMR) for Steam Methane Reforming (SMR). First, a nonlinear distributed parameter dynamic model is developed. Next, the optimal operation of the system is studied by solving a dynamic optimization problem that maximizes the conversion and separation in the reactor. Based on the optimization result, reduced order linear models are developed and used in the design of conventional and model based controllers. The performance of these controllers are tested considering the variation in the inlet concentration of the feed to the reactor and the initial conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1231-1236
Number of pages6
JournalComputer Aided Chemical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jul 2019
Event29th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering (ESCAPE 29) - Evoluon, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 16 Jun 201919 Jun 2019
Conference number: 29


  • Fluidized Bed Membrane Reactors
  • Model Based Controllers
  • Optimal Operation
  • Steam Methane Reforming


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